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Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

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Rob Cohen

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Ken Li (magazine article "Racer X"), Gary Scott Thompson (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Brian O'Conner
Vin Diesel ... Dominic Toretto
Michelle Rodriguez ... Letty
Jordana Brewster ... Mia Toretto
Rick Yune ... Johnny Tran
Chad Lindberg ... Jesse
Johnny Strong ... Leon
Matt Schulze ... Vince
Ted Levine ... Sgt. Tanner
Ja Rule ... Edwin
Vyto Ruginis ... Harry
Thom Barry ... Agent Bilkins
Stanton Rutledge ... Muse
Noel Gugliemi ... Hector (as Noel Guglielmi)
R.J. de Vera ... Danny Yamato (as R.J. De Vera)
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Storyline

Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies. Written by rball4042; Car7

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Live life 1/4 mile at a time See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Racer X See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,089,015, 24 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$144,533,925, 4 November 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,283,925, 4 November 2001
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There are over 15,000 individual sound effects in the first street race. See more »

Goofs

After race wars, Brian returns to town and pulls his car into a driveway. His stuntman is clearly recognizable as the driver in this shot as his hairline is a good 2 or 3 inches further back than Paul Walker's. See more »

Quotes

Leon: Look who it is! Old Coyotes 'R' Us!
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Crazy Credits

On some prints, after the credits, there is a brief epilogue showing Dominic's fate. He is shown, driving alone in a red Chevelle with black racing stripes, on a desolate road by the coast in Baja, Mexico. He narrates about his life 'I live my life quarter a mile at a time ...'. See more »

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Soundtracks

Good Life (Remix)
Written by Faith Evans, Rasheem Pugh, Tamy Lester Smith, August Moon, Tyrone Thomas
Performed by Faith Evans, Ja Rule, Vita and Caddillac Tah
Faith Evans appears courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment
Ja Rule appears courtesy of Murder Inc./Def Jam Records
Vita and Caddillac Tah appear courtesy of Murder Inc. Records
Contains a sample from "Seven Minutes Of Funk"
Performed by The Whole Darn Family
Courtesy of Amherst Records, Inc.
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Loved it!
22 February 2004 | by stephie-12See all my reviews

This movie is adrenalin charged from the very beginning. The plot centres around an undercover cop,Brian, who has to investigate a number of hijacks. To do this, he must get to know the chief suspect, Dominic Torretto (a stellar performance by the magnificent Vin Diesel) and his group of street racers who buy Japanese cars and spend thousands of dollars converting them into racing machines. As well as being a street racer, Dom also runs a store and a garage. His gang includes his girlfriend Lettie, younger sister Mia and friends Vince, Leon and Jessie. Brian is drawn deeper into the glamourous world, falling for Mia and discovering a respect for Dom, which conflicts with his objectivity.

Rob Cohen does an amazing job of directing this movie, even making a Hitchcock-esque cameo as a pizza delivery guy. The film is very well acted, particularly by Vin Diesel, who manages to portray the two sided character of the carefree street-racer with the responsible older brother who looks out for Mia and the rest of his team. His performance is by far the best of the entire film. Apparently the character of Lettie was not in the original story and unfortunately this shows. Michelle Rodriguez pouts and sneers her way through the film, and her character has no real depth. This is the only low point in a truly brilliant film.


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